While our fingernails might not seem like important parts of our bodies, they are actually an accurate gauge for some important health issues. Most prominently, the quality of our fingernails can indicate whether or not we have a balanced nutrition.
One such mineral is called manganese – which comes from the Greek word meaning “magic.” And once you learn all the things this simple nutrient does for our bodies, it will be hard to deny that it was accurately named.
Not only is it essential for bone health, wound healing, and our metabolism, it is also integral to keeping strong bones. And as you might guess, our nails give us insight into how much manganese we have in our system.
It’s easy to add more more of this ‘magic’ mineral to your diet. Find out common sources of it below!
If your body is deprived of this vital nutrient, you can experience a number of intense symptoms. According to Livestrong these symptoms of manganese deficiency include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, hearing loss, and weak hair and nails.
And in the most extreme cases, you could experience paralysis, infertility, and seizures if your body is deprived of this mineral.
But it is easy to get enough manganese in your diet. You just need to eat the right foods. But the Livestrong article reports, “nevertheless according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it is estimated that as many as 37 percent of Americans do not meet the recommended daily intake for this mineral. Low levels of manganese in the body can cause a variety of health complications.”
In order to reap the health benefits of manganese and avoid deficiency, eat these foods on a regular basis.
Seafood: Clams, mussels, crayfish and more are loaded with manganese. Besides getting it, you’ll also benefit from the B-vitamin complexes and the amino acids.
Nuts and Seeds: Enjoy some walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts to get a dose of manganese for the day. You’ll also get a boost of fiber from eating these.
Spinach: Popeye was onto something with spinach. Just 1 cup of spinach is enough to meet your dietary requirements for vitamin A and vitamin K as well as providing a healthy boost of manganese.
Whole Grains: Besides getting manganese, you’ll also enjoy the benefits of a fiber boost. Plus, you can reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems.
Tofu and tempeh: These vegetarian staples are healthier than you’d think. Besides getting manganese, you’ll also get a lot of protein and calcium and iron.
Lima beans: These plus chickpeas, white beans, black-eyed peas, and kidney beans provide you with tons of nutrients, fiber, and protein.
Black tea: Just enjoy a cup of hot tea to get your manganese dosage. Simple enough.
If your fingernails are brittle or break easily, boost the amount of manganese in your diet.
With a boost of this nutrient, you’ll get stronger hair and nails, plus the other benefits mentioned above.
Don’t risk dangerous manganese deficiency. And don’t let your friends.
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